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The weekly Torah portion of Miketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17)

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Is there a connection between the two times 7 cows, ears and years that Yaakov worked for his wives?

Is there any connection or relationship between the seven fat & seven lean cows, the seven beautiful and seven parched ears of grain that Pharaoh dreamt and Yosef interpreted, and the seven years ...
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Significance of Yosef's Goblet

Is there any significance to Yosef's goblet aside from being a prop used to show Yosef's powers and frame the brothers? It seems to be mentioned a lot in the Torah throughout the parsha (especially in ...
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“Practicalities” of the Egyptian famine

B"H, most of us have not witnessed a famine. So, I hope you will excuse my lack of understanding what actually occurred during the famine mentioned in parshat Miketz. I understand a famine to mean ...
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Why did one brother find the money en route, and not the others?

Miketz 42:26–35, in Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan's translation: [The brothers] then loaded the food they bought on their donkeys, and they departed. When they came to the place where they spent the ...
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What part of Yossef's behavior is permitted by the Rabbinical Halachah?

This question is a follow-up to @SAH's "time-to-act-for-Hashem-and-doing-whatever-you-want". I'm trying to understand, according to Meforshim, what part of Yossef's behavior with his father and ...
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Yossef brothers - not learning from previous experience?

My boy asked me a tricky question I was unable to answer - please help. He just returned from a trip to Rome and went through the airport security checking the bags reading the Parashat Shavua (Miketz ...
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Why would Yosef interpret the baker's dream for bad?

The Gemara in Brachos 56 brings various accounts about dreams and makes mention that a dream is based on the interpretation. Why would Yosef interpret the baker's dream for bad? Was his ...
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Why didn't Binyamin die?

In Genesis 31:32 we have Yaakov's response to Lavan's charge that someone in Yaakov's party had stolen something from Lavan. עִם אֲשֶׁר תִּמְצָא אֶת אֱלֹהֶיךָ לֹא יִחְיֶה נֶגֶד אַחֵינוּ הַכֶּר ...
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When Yosef interprets Pharoah's dream, is he also trying to fulfill his own dream?

Yosef's 2nd dream was that his brothers father and mother would eventually bow to him. Yosef interprets Pharaoh's dream to mean that there would be 7 years of famine. What I find interesting is that ...
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Did Jacob ever figure out what the Brothers did to Joseph?

It's a simple question that I thought about this past week (since the parashah was Mekeitz). Is there any evidence that Jacob could have figured out what happened to Joseph before they reunited in ...
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Why assume Yosef would become viceroy

There's a strange Rashi that's bothered me for a while. The sar hamashkim described Yosef to Pharaoh. Genesis 41:12 וְשָׁ֨ם אִתָּ֜נוּ נַ֣עַר עִבְרִ֗י עֶ֚בֶד לְשַׂ֣ר הַטַּבָּחִ֔ים וַנְּ֨סַפֶּר־...
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How does bringing Binyamin to Egypt prove that the brothers are not spies?

In Bereishit 42:19-20 Yosef says that by allowing one of them to be imprisoned and the rest returning and bringing back their other brother, this would prove that they are not spies. I've read ...
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Is Asenath, the wife of Joseph, the illegitimate daughter of Dinah?

In Bresheit 34:1-2 "Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had born to Yakov, went out to see the daughters of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country saw her, ...
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Was a double dream necessary to convince people that the interpretation was true?

I'm working "backwards" in my assumption. Pharaoh had a double dream. When Yosef interprets it, he says, in Breishit 41:32 As for Pharaoh having had the same dream twice, it means that the ...
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נַ֣חְנוּ נַעֲבֹ֧ר Is the Torah using slang

In Bamidbar 32:32, The Torah tells us in reference to Bnei Gad and Bnei Reuven that נַ֣חְנוּ נַעֲבֹ֧ר, we will cross over. Also, the only other times that the Tanach uses the word נַ֣חְנוּ is in: ...
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What made Jacob think that Joseph was alive and that he may be in Egypt?

I'm reading Rash"i's explanation n Breishit 43:14 explaining the part of the verse: "May he send you your other brother..." Rash"i says that a holy spirit caused him to include Joseph in this ...
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Why didn't Yaakov rebuke his sons when he found out what they really did to Yosef?

Yaakov had previously reacted by rebuking the actions of Shimon and Levi when they destroyed Schem (Bereishit 34:30): וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל-שִׁמְעוֹן וְאֶל-לֵוִי, עֲכַרְתֶּם אֹתִי, לְהַבְאִישֵׁנִי ...
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Why is “bor” the jail?

Yosef was taken by his brothers and thrown into habor [הַבּוֹר] (Bereishit 37:22), the pit: 22And Reuben said to them, "Do not shed blood! Cast him into this pit, which is in the desert, but do not ...
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Dream interpreting - Why did Paroh need Yosef?

At the beginning of Parshas Mikeitz, Paroh asks his advisors to help interperet his dreams, but nobody could, until the Sar HaMashkim says he should call on Yosef for help. The Gemara in Brachos 55b ...
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Why not send a substitute for Benyamin (sources)?

Why did the brothers, or Yaakov, not send a substitute for Benyamin when Pharaoh demanded that the family produce him? Surely there were young men about his age who were quite familiar with the ...
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why is food in parashat miketz called shever

In mikez 42,2 it is written: וַיֹּאמֶר--הִנֵּה שָׁמַעְתִּי, כִּי יֶשׁ-שֶׁבֶר בְּמִצְרָיִם; רְדוּ-שָׁמָּה וְשִׁבְרוּ-לָנוּ מִשָּׁם, וְנִחְיֶה וְלֹא נָמוּת The translation accoding to machon mamre ...
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Who was Joseph's steward?

When Joseph uses an interpreter in Genesis 42:23, some say the interpreter was his son Manasseh (Gen. Rabbah 91:8, Targum Jonathan, Targum Yerushalmi), but Torah doesn't say so. The Torah doesn't ...
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Was Re'uven confessing along with the rest of his brothers regarding what happend to Joseph?

In Breishit 42:21, the verse begins: "Each person said to his brother, we are all guilty..." In verse 22, Re'uven chastises his brothers by telling them, "Didn't I tell you do not do sin with the ...
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Joseph and imprisoning his brothers - Is he changing his mind?

There appears to be a confusing / contradictory sequence of events occurring when Joseph's brothers first appear before him in Egypt. Refer to Breishit 42:16 - 19 In v. 16, Joseph tells to his ...
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Why did Yosef think the Sar HaMashkim could help?

There is criticism of Yosef for asking the Sar Hamashkim to mention him to Paroh, instead of trusting in Hashem, but what was Yosef even expecting from the Sar Hamashkim? The poor man was just ...
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Why did Yaakov Avinu not ask G-d about where Yosef was?

Why did Yaakov Avinu not ask G-d about the whereabouts of Yosef during the 22 years that he was away? We know that G-d regularly spoke to Yaakov, so why wouldn't he use one of those opportunities to ...
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Why did Pharaoh believe Joseph's dream interpretation?

It would take years before Pharaoh could know if any of Joseph's fat-thin cow dream interpretation was accurate. Why then did Pharaoh make Joseph 2nd in command in the country immediately? Were ...
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How does Rashi know Yosef tells the Egyptians to circumcise themselves?

Genesis 41,55: וַתִּרְעַב֙ כָּל-אֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם וַיִּצְעַ֥ק הָעָ֛ם אֶל-פַּרְעֹ֖ה לַלָּ֑חֶם וַיֹּ֨אמֶר פַּרְעֹ֤ה לְכָל-מִצְרַ֨יִם֙ לְכ֣וּ אֶל-יוֹסֵ֔ף אֲשֶׁר-יֹאמַ֥ר לָכֶ֖ם תַּֽעֲשֽׂוּ: ‏ ...
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What is the dot in this vav?

What is this dot in the word יִוָּדַ֤ע in Mikeitz 41 31. וְלֹֽא־יִוָּדַ֤ע הַשָּׂבָע֙ בָּאָ֔רֶץ מִפְּנֵ֛י הָרָעָ֥ב הַה֖וּא אַחֲרֵי־כֵ֑ן כִּֽי־כָבֵ֥ד ה֖וּא מְאֹֽד׃ How does it effect the reading of ...
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Joseph's interpretation of 7 years of famine - was his prediction false?

There appear to be a few conflicting verses and commentaries on this topic. When Joseph intreprest Pharaoh's dreams he says, Genesis 41:28: ה֣וּא הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֥ר דִּבַּ֖רְתִּי אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֑ה ...
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Didn't Joseph's brothers volunteer information about their family?

When Judah tells Jacob that Benjamin must be brought to Egypt if the family is to purchase more grain, Jacob asks his sons why they had to mention the existence of a younger brother. Their response is ...
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What did the brothers do in Gen. 42:20?

In Genesis 42, Yosef's brothers, except Binyamin, come to him in Egypt. They don't recognize him, but he recognizes them — and accuses them of spying, and jails them. Then, in verses 18–20:...
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Rashi says word is redundant

In Genesis 43:11 Rashi's commentary on אֵפוֹא is then: Heb. אֵפוֹא. This is a redundant word, used for stylistic purposes in the Hebrew I was under the impression that the Torah is concise to ...
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If Yosef didn't recognize each individual brother, how did he know who Shim'on was?

Sforno on Genesis 42:7: ויכירם שהם אחיו לא שהכיר אחד לאחד: He recognized (collectively) that they were his brothers. But he couldn't distinguish one from the other (he didn't know who was whom.) If ...
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One Navi revealing themselves to another Navi

Rav Moshe Feinstein is quoted in Kol Ram asking why didn't Yosef reveal to his father that he is alive in Egypt. He answers that maybe one navi cannot reveal themselves to another navi without HaShem ...
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How was Yosef allowed to practice divination?

The Torah prohibits divination as stated in: Leviticus 19:26: לֹ֥א תֹאכְל֖וּ עַל־הַדָּ֑ם לֹ֥א תְנַחֲשׁ֖וּ וְלֹ֥א תְעוֹנֵֽנוּ׃ Do not eat with the blood; Do not practice divination or ...
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Why does Yosef command the Egyptians to circumcise

Rashi on Bereshis 41:55 says what he tells you, do: Since Joseph had ordered them to circumcise themselves, and when they came to Pharaoh and said, “This is what he said to us,” he (Pharaoh) said ...
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Why didn't Yaakov go to Egypt with his sons to get food?

Rashi 42:36 says that Yaakov suspected the brothers of killing or selling Yosef and Shimon. Wouldn't he suspect them doing the same with Binyomin? If so, why didn't Yaakov go with his sons to Egypt to ...
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If Jacob's arrival in Egypt ended the famine there, why was there famine in Canaan while he was still there?

There were seven years of plenteous harvests in Egypt, to be followed by seven years of famine (Genesis 41). Joseph was placed in charge of storing food from the plenty for use during the famine. But ...
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Why did Yosef cause so much anguish to his family?

While this question already seems to assume some answer or another (that of a 'deeper purpose'), I thought it strange that nobody has actually asked this question so far: Yosef recognized his ...
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How long was Shimon in prison?

In Bereishit 42:24 Shimon is taken away from the brothers and put in prison as surety so that the other brothers will bring back Binyamin to prove that they are not spies. The brothers then return to ...
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The brothers telling Yosef about Yosef

Rashi to Miketz (Bereishit 42:13-14) says that the brothers told Yosef that they came to Egypt to look for their missing brother. However, in Vayigash (Bereishit 44:20) Yehudah tells Yosef that they ...
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How could the brothers drink with Yosef?

Towards the end of parshas Miketz (Bereishit 43:34), it mentions that the brothers drank with Yosef. Considering that as far as the brothers knew, they were surrounded by idol-worshipers, were they ...
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What's the point of a haftorah for Miketz if it's always Shabbat Chanukah?

I have heard that parshat Miketz always falls out on Shabbat Chanukah. If that's the case, why do chumashim print a haftorah for Miketz in addition to the one for Shabbat Chanukah? Should the Chanukah ...
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Why was Pharaoh displeased?

In Parshas Mikeitz (Beraishis 41), Pharaoh receives an interpretation for this two dreams from necromancers. Rashi (41:8) says that they told Pharaoh that “You will beget seven daughters, and you will ...
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Do any commentaries explain the charade that Yosef put the brothers through as done with bad intention?

It seems that over the last few hundred years all the commentators that have written on the subject, and all the darshanim I hear talking about it, take for granted that the entire episode concerning ...
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Two types of forgetting?

Bereishis 41:51 כי נשני אלהים את כל עמלי ואת כל בית אבי God has caused me to forget all my toil and all my father's house Devarim 25:19 תמחה את זכר עמלק מתחת השמים לא תשכח Erase the ...
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Poti-phera's Title/Job Description

Genesis 41:45 JPS And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On. And Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. ...
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Why does Yaakov say in Braishis 43(6) "Why have you harmed me etc”

What is Yaakov’s purpose in saying Braishis 43 (6) And Israel said, "Why have you harmed me, by telling the man that you have another brother?" This seems like a remark unworthy of Yaakov about ...
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Who was Poti-phera?

Gen 41:45 says: And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On. [...] Rashi, citing Sotah 13b, says that Poti-phera is ...